Dental implants have proved to be the easiest and most effective way to replace missing teeth. Apart from filling the empty gaps in your teeth, dental implants will also restore your natural smile and allow you to continue living your normal life.
If you have one or two missing teeth, you should consider replacing them with dental implants. But before you go for the implants, it’s important to know how the procedure works. One of the common questions asked by patients planning to get dental implants is: Can I get my dental implants the same day as my extractions? This article will answer this and other related questions.
Same-Day Dental Implants
With the advances in dentistry, dentists and plastic surgeons can now extract problematic teeth and place dental implants on the same day. This is what is commonly referred to as same-day dental implants. With same-day implants, your surgeon will remove the problematic tooth and place an implant at the extraction site on the same day. This procedure has drastically reduced the waiting period, allowing patients to have their dental problems fixed in the shortest time possible.
In the past, the process of extracting a tooth and placing a dental implant took weeks and sometimes months to complete because you had to go for the tooth extraction procedure fast and wait for the wound to heal before you could have a dental implant. This meant that you had to have enough free time to keep going back to the dental clinic without disrupting your work schedule.
How Are Same-Day Dental Implants Placed?
When you go for the same-day dental implants, the doctor will evaluate your general health to ensure that you are eligible for the procedure. If you are eligible, the doctor will decide which type of anesthesia is suitable for you. For a single tooth extraction and replacement, your doctor may give you local anesthesia to help you relax. But if the procedure involves several teeth, they might give you general anesthesia or IV sedation to put you to sleep throughout the procedure.
The dentist will start by extracting the problematic tooth and then do bone grafting if necessary. Then, they will place the dental implant and cover it with a temporary dental crown that resembles a natural tooth. The temporary dental crown will be replaced with a permanent crown after two months.
For more information on same-day dental implants, get in touch with Dr. Sikes today.